Tom McMullen roadster

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Tom McMullen roadster
« on: June 26, 2016, 02:13:58 PM »
THIS CAR WAS THE ONE THAT JUST SAYS HOT ROD ! THANKS JORGE & ROY FOR BRING IT BACK .IT WAS VERY SPECIAL FOR ME WATCHING IT MOST EVERY DAY, COMING BACK TO LIFE.
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Re: Tom McMullen roadster
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2016, 02:14:15 PM »
Tom At The Drags.
Life is like a toilet roll. The closer you get to the end the faster it goes.

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Re: Tom McMullen roadster
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2016, 09:52:08 AM »
EARLY PICS OF TOM'S
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Re: Tom McMullen roadster
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2016, 09:52:37 AM »
TOM'S
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Re: Tom McMullen roadster
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2016, 09:53:11 AM »
TOM RACING DEAN LOWE'S PICK UP AT THE WINTERNATS.

                  DEAN WON.
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Re: Tom McMullen roadster
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2016, 10:01:14 AM »
A FEW MORE EARLY PICS
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Re: Tom McMullen roadster
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2016, 10:02:13 AM »
IN GREEN
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Re: Tom McMullen roadster
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2016, 10:04:34 AM »
S-W gauge panel that was originally installed when it was built in 1957.
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Re: Tom McMullen roadster
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2016, 10:21:06 AM »
With 427 power & red & white interior.
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Re: Tom McMullen roadster
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2016, 11:00:00 AM »
A FEW MORE
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Re: Tom McMullen roadster
« Reply #10 on: July 01, 2016, 11:00:24 AM »
FOR SALE
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Re: Tom McMullen roadster
« Reply #11 on: July 01, 2016, 11:01:00 AM »
CAR SHOW FLYER
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Re: Tom McMullen roadster
« Reply #12 on: July 01, 2016, 11:01:21 AM »
Tom McMullen's Roadster is in the NHRA Museum. I have seen it there on Sunday evening.

Re: Tom McMullen roadster
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2016, 11:02:02 AM »
what can i say, this 32 roadster is the finest car in the world! i have followed it from day one and collect everything with its image. when i finally saw it restored at the la roadstrer show, i freaked out, went into shock, and grieved to ride in it someday. met the owner that weekend but couldnt find the words to tell how i felt about this hot rod. dwain.   

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Re: Tom McMullen roadster
« Reply #14 on: July 01, 2016, 11:02:24 AM »
HERE'S A LITTLE HISTORY. WONDER IF DON HAS ANY EARLY PIC'S ?

The Tom Mcmullen Roadster
Tom McMullen's legendary roadster did it all, from the street to the drags, to the lakes and to Bonneville. The irrepressible McMullen wanted a traditional Deuce that would shake up the establishment. When this car appeared on the cover of Hot Rod in 1963, it blew people away. Pat Ganahl wrote: "There just weren't any fenderless, wildly flamed, mag-wheeled, GMC-supercharged early Ford roadsters like this on the street or anywhere else, really."

McMullen installed a Moon fuel tank, with a pressure pump, between the front framehorns to combat fuel starvation, and he attached a 'chute on the rear because it was an SCTA requirement for lakes racing. The mag wheels were lighter than steel wheels. And while the flames were reportedly an impulsive decision, they were done, as was the wild pinstriping, by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth.

McMullen's story is the quintessential "live fast, die young" saga. This roadster was his signature, and it served as his everyday driver and his race car. Never shrinking from a challenge, McMullen raced illegally on the streets at the drop of a hat, as well as at sanctioned events from El Mirage and Bonneville to the Riverside drags.

McMullen didn't like to lose, so he was always improving this car. When it was obvious he'd gone as far as he could, he sold his roadster in 1969, eventually building even more powerful versions-and always searching for more style and speed.

"This car was copied and cloned several times," reported Ganahl, "twice by McMullen himself, while the original wasted away in storage for years." Decades later, the original did come up for sale, and it was recently restored by Roy Brizio for Jorge Zaragoza.

A hot rodder's hot rodder, McMullen was occasionally profane, unpredictable, always innovative, and never, ever satisfied with the commonplace. Like every great rodder, he always wanted to go faster, and lived that way right to the end. Sadly, he was killed with his wife, Deanna, in a crash while piloting his own plane in 1995.
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Re: Tom McMullen roadster
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2016, 11:03:55 AM »
THE RESTORATION IS DONE.  JORGE & ROY.
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